See the video below the text as follows: Corporate Word from the Lord: Shirley Strand on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at New Covenant Church, Larkspur, CO
Isaiah 44:6-86“ Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel,
Initial Research Compiled by Dr. Carl E. Baugh
Updated and Expanded by David V. Bassett, M.S.
Principal Resource Cited:
The Star That Astonished The World
by Dr. Ernest L. Martin (1996, 2nd ed.)
God made the stars...for signs and times and seasons (Genesis 1:14-16/ Job 38:32a). He telleth [appointeth] the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names (Psalm 147:4/ Isa. 40:26), and even refers to Himself as “the Sun of righteousness” (Mal. 4:2a) and “the bright and morning star” (Rev. 22:16c).
“There shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel” (Numbers 24:17b/ cp. Lk. 1:33). “And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. …they shall bring gold and incense” (Isaiah 60:3, 6).
“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod, the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is he that is born King of the Jews?’ for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. ...and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was” (Matthew 2:1, 2, 9).
Surely the most appropriate time in universal history for the Creator to use celestial bodies, as a "sign" would be when God Himself became man, incarnate in human flesh, for the redemption of mankind. Scripture condemns the principles of astrology and Matthew was not endorsing such practices. While the Magi were astrologers [(with its inherent potential for misinterpretation)—Isa. 47:13/ Dan. 2:27], they were astronomers (with world-leading scientific observations of the heavens) who had been influenced over the span of six centuries by Daniel and other Old Testament prophets.
I. THE DEATH OF HEROD...
Since the nineteenth century the majority of theologians have placed the birth of Jesus before the Spring of 4 B.C., in spite of the fact that most of the church fathers within the early centuries placed His birth from 3 B.C. to 1 B.C.[Ernest L. Martin, The Star That Astonished The World, ASK Publications: Portland, OR, 1996, 2nd ed., p. 121 of 279p.]. The pre-4 B.C. placement by the majority is solely due to a reference in Josephus that King Herod died shortly after a eclipse of the moon and before a springtime Passover of the Jews [Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, XVII, p. 218]. Astronomers in the last century informed theologians that a partial eclipse of the moon, which could be seen in Palestine, occurred on the evening of March 13, 4 B.C. Herod’s death was arbitrarily placed within the 29 days from that eclipse until the Passover. Thus, theologians and astronomers have looked for celestial displays as candidates for the Star before that date. However, data convergence [Martin, p. 121] actually argues for the proper total eclipse having occurred on January 10, 1 B.C.
II. THE CENSUS OF CYRENIUS...
Called Quirinius in Roman historical documents, this qualified leader had experience in Syria by administering the censuses Tertullian referred to in 3/2 B.C. Dr. Ernest Martin demonstrates that Cyrenius received special Roman commands throughout his career, especially in census-taking events, and acted as procurator in Judaea at this time [Martin, p. 183/Lk. 2:2]. This special census was one of the most important in history.
This census (or registration) in 3/2 B.C. was actually an oath of allegiance demanded by Augustus Caesar and proclaimed during the summer of 3 B.C. Since both Joseph and Mary were descendants of King David [through his sons Solomon and Nathan, respectively (Mt. 1:6, 16; Lk. 1:23, 31)], and could both be considered legitimate claimants of the throne of Israel, both could be required to make the trip to Bethlehem. On February 5, 2 B.C., Augustus was given the title Pater Patriae (Father of the Country) by decree of the Senate and the people of Rome. The subsequent festivities coincided with the 750th year of Rome’s founding and with Augustus’ 25th jubilee year of being emperor of Rome.
IV. THE MAGI'S HEIGHTENED OBSERVATIONS...
V. THE ROMAN INTERPRETATION...
To the secular world devoid of spiritual conscience, particularly to those in Rome, it seemed like heaven itself was giving approval for the emperorship of Augustus and that Roman government had the divine right to world sovereignty. This was in spite of the fact that they were aware of the prophecies made by Daniel. Suetonius and Tacitus confirmed that Rome knew of the belief that the empire of the world would be given to someone from Judaea. [Martin, p. 26.]
VI. THE JEWISH INTERPRETATION...
Dr. Martin aptly notes that the spectacular astronomical signs from May 19, 3 B.C. (a Saturn-Mercury conjunction) to the end of December 2 B.C. would have caused wonderful interpretations, by astrologers, on behalf of Augustus and the Roman Empire, but the Magi decided instead to go to Jerusalem with gifts to a newborn Jewish king. They more than likely made this decision based on the instruction of Daniel, appointed by Nebuchadnezzar as the ‘Rab-Mag’ (head of/chief of/“master of the magicians”—Dan. 1:17-21; 2:48; 4:6-9; 5:11) some 600 years earlier! On August 12, 3 B.C., Jupiter rose as a morning star, which soon came into conjunction with Venus. That started Jupiter off on a journey in which six conjunctions with Venus, Mars, and Leo’s alpha-star Regulus took place [Martin, p. 66]. The final planetary union was the massing of the planets, which occurred with Mars, Venus, and Mercury on August 26-27, 2 B.C., Jupiter then became "stationary" for a six-day period over Bethlehem beginning on December 25, 2 B.C. [Martin, p. 59]
At the inception of this scenario, here was Jupiter (the King Planet), which had just united with Venus (the Mother), joining itself with the King star Regulus (the star of the Jewish Messiah) in Leo (the constellation of Judah), while the Sun (the Supreme Father of Ruler) was then located in Virgo (the Virgin) [Martin, pp. 47-51].
VII. THE CHRONOLOGY OF CHRISTMAS...
1) In the Jewish month of Elul (August-September), the angel Gabriel was sent to Mary to announce to her that she had been elected by God to give birth to the promised Messiah (Lk. 1:26-33) and her Lord and Savior (Mt. 1:46-47). It is proclaimed to Mary that He is to be conceived in her womb by the Holy Spirit, that His Name is to be JESUS, and that He will reign forever over Israel as legal and perpetual heir of King David’s throne (Mt. 1:31-35; cp Isa. 9:6-7).
[NOTE: There would have been no intermingling of Jesus’ sinless fetal blood and Mary’s sinful maternal blood within her womb due to the two blood streams being totally separated by a thin collection of remarkably designed convoluted tissues called the ‘placental (blood) barrier’. Our everlasting salvation was dependent on this structure keeping Jesus’ blood pure (1 Pet. 1:18-19)!]
2) The Incarnation of THE WORD (Jn. 1:14/ Gal. 4: 4-5/ Phil. 2:6-7/ Col. 2:9/ Heb. 1:1-3; 10:5/ 1 Jn. 4:2) via supernatural conception by the Holy Spirit within the womb of the virgin Mary (Isa. 7:14/ Mt. 1:18, 20-23/ Lk. 1:34-35) was prophesied 4,000 years in advance by God Himself (Gen. 3:15), even before the birth of Abel, His first prophet (Lk. 11:50-51).
[Interestingly, this very first Messianic prophecy (of 300+), known as the protoevangelium (“first Good News”—Gen. 3:15), not only hints of the Virgin Birth (“her seed”—not by means of the male sperm through which, evidently, the Adamic sin nature is transferredàEx. 20:5; 34:7/ Num. 14:18/ Dt. 5:9/ Jer. 32:18), but also the reason for Jesus’ holy birth and sinless life—the Crucifixion (“thou shalt bruise His heel”) and His Resurrection (“He shall bruise thy head”.]
Counting backwards from His birth [see #5 below] the 9-month (37-40 week/259-280 day) human gestation period would indicate that the conception-miracle of the Incarnation occurred in December 4 B.C., a full two years prior to the homage paid Him by the Gentile Magi, the wise men of the east, in December 2 B.C. (Mt. 2:16).
3) Shortly after Mary was known to be pregnant, Joseph was informed in a dream that the divinely-conceived Child within her was to be called JESUS [‘Salvation’] and Immanuel [‘God with us’ (Isa. 7:14)], and instructed to take her to wife (Mt. 1:18-25).
4) Joseph and Mary began their journey to Bethlehem for the registration "census" at the close of the Jewish civil year in 3 B.C. About this time on August 12, 3 B.C. Jupiter and Venus united as a "morning star"; then Jupiter continued its phenomenal progression through the starry heavens. Upon arriving in Bethlehem, Joseph and his wife stayed some time before Mary went into labor. Notice the words of Matthew 1:6—“And so it was that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.” Thus, the idea that Mary was in travail the very night that she and Joseph entered Bethlehem, while he desperately was seeking shelter for them before Jesus could be born is shown by the Scriptures themselves to be a tradition-based myth.
In fact, when Luke records that “there was no room in the inn” (Lk. 2:7c), he is not saying that there was no vacancy in the local travelers’ lodge or commercial inn [a pandokheion] like the one entered into by the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:34. Luke is conveying the fact that there was no space available in the large guest chamber of the ‘split-level’ private dwelling that they had entered. This upper-level room [a kataluma], akin to the one reserved for Jesus’ last Passover (Luke 22:11-12), was already occupied so Mary had to deliver Jesus in the smaller, lower-level room where the stone-carved and plastered manger for animals was literally kept on the ‘ground floor’. [Mario Seigle and Tom Robinson, “Was There Really ‘No Room in the Inn’?,” The Good News, November/December 2012, pp. 28-31; Gary A. Byers, “Away in a Manger, but Not in a Barn”, BibleStudyMagazine.com.] Since archaeologists agree that Bethlehem was too small to have a commercial inn (Micah 5:2), the question now becomes “Where was this mysterious guest room, i.e., “the” kataluma [the definite article “the” is used in the verse] that is being referred to in Luke 2:7, the one below which Jesus was born?”
In ancient times this was a military watchtower to view into the valley near Bethlehem. Near the time of Jesus' birth it became the tower of the flock [Migdal Edar], where the priests examined, cleaned, and wrapped (in swaddling clothes!) newborn lambs which were designated for sacrifice at the Temple in Jerusalem. The traditional site would have placed the tower just off the road connecting Bethlehem and Jerusalem, some four miles south of Jerusalem and one mile north of Bethlehem.
Luke 2:12-- The angel said, "This shall be a sign unto you [the Levitical shepherds], ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger." This Babe would later be identified by His cousin, John (the Baptizer), as “the Lamb of God” (Jn. 1:29) and by His disciple John (the Revelator) as “a Lamb as it had been slain . . .Worthy” (Rev. 5:6, 12). Only on the manger floor of this particular tower did the Temple priests prepare the lambs with swaddling clothes as they examined them for Temple sacrifice! These shepherds, who watched this sanctified “flock” (Lk. 2:8—not flocks) all year long, knew exactly where to go despite such seemingly indeterminate directions! This would have only been possible for these special shepherds watching these special sheep at this special place. [Alfred Edersheim, The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company: Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1971 (3rd ed./1973), Book II, Chapter VI, pp. 186-187.]
It is therefore reasonable—and biblical—to conclude that King Jesus was born in the lower level of the watchtower of the flock [Migdal Edar—Micah 4:8 (first mentioned in Genesis 35:21 in connection with the death of Jacob’s beloved wife, Rachel, who died while giving birth to Benjamin approximately 1739 B.C.—Genesis 35:16-21/compare with Matthew 2:16-18); see also http://bible-truth.org/ BirthPlaceofJesus.html] during the twilight period (6:15pm-7:45pm) of September 11, 3 B.C., as revealed in Revelation 12:1-5, which can be graphically confirmed with astronomical software that can forward or reverse the motion and position of the heavenly bodies to any designated date and time. These computer programs show that only on September 11, 3 B.C., did the Sun clothe Virgo’s midsection [during the twilight period between sunset (6:15pm) and moonset (7:45pm)] concurrently with the Moon being exactly under Virgo’s feet (between 180 and 187 degrees of arc along the ecliptic) and at the end of its waning crescent phase (at the start of a new lunar month) [Martin, pp. 86-87]. The beginning of this first New Moon day was also Tishri One—Rosh ha-Shanah (The Day of the Feast of Trumpets)—The Jewish New Year Day!
6) On September 14, 3 B.C. Jupiter came into union with Regulus and began the circling "crown" effect, which took place during the early months of Jesus' infancy.
7) Jesus, the Christ Child, was circumcised (Lk. 2:21) on September 18, 3 B.C. (the eighth day for the circumcision rite is reckoned inclusively—Lev. 12:3).
8) Jesus [at 40 days of age, in obedience to Levitical law—(Lev. 12:2, 4, 8)] was dedicated in the Jerusalem Temple (Lk. 2:22-24) on October 20/21, 3 B.C.
9) Luke 2:39 says “they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.” This means they did not go to Egypt immediately after the birth of Jesus. After all, they had only gone to Bethlehem for the ‘census’ and were there for at least six weeks after Jesus’ birth, as His circumcision and Temple dedication rites would attest. In fact, Joseph and Mary would not receive warning of Herod’s intentions until after the arrival of the wise men more than a year later. So, the family presumably returned to Nazareth in the latter part of October, 3 B.C. [Martin, p. 229]
10) In the Spring or Summer of 2 B.C., Joseph and Mary decide to move and set up house in Bethlehem. At about this same time, the June 17, 2 B.C. conjunction event between Jupiter (the King Planet) and Venus (the Mother Planet), both just 15 degrees above the western horizon at 8:51pm Babylon time, was regarded by “the wise men from the east” (Mt. 2:1) as “His [Jesus’] star”(Mt. 2:2). This was undoubtedly due to the fact that “the centers of the two planets came to within 25 arcseconds of each other as seen from the center of the earth” with only 0.01 degrees or 0.5 minutes of arc separation! To the unaided eye, they would have appeared to have been overlapping or merged as a ‘superstar’ as illustrated on this report’s front cover page [Martin, p. 66].
11) Fifteen months after Jesus was born (the time gap between Matthew 2:1 and 2:2), and while He was a "young child" in a “house”, the Magi arrived on December 25, 2 B.C. (that year’s third day/gift-giving time of the eight-day feast of Hanukkah) when the King planet Jupiter came to its stationary point in mid-Virgo, the Virgin. This star [of Bethlehem] would have been seen by the wise men as being "stopped" over Bethlehem, as viewed from Jerusalem [Martin, p. 64].
One conclusion that can be drawn is that that star in the east, which the Magi saw, was this progression of Jupiter through the heavens. Thus, the star was not "standing" over the manger at the time of Jesus' birth (even though it was already in its divinely-appointed historic progression), but instead, at the appropriate time (Mt. 2:9) "stood" over Bethlehem at the time the Magi arrived to visit in the house (i.e., the Hanukkah celebration of December 24-31, 2 B.C.).
12) After the wise men from the east had already departed, Joseph was warned in a dream by an angel of the Lord that Herod was intent on slaying the One the Magi had declared had been born “King of the Jews” (Mt. 2:2). Using the newly acquired wealth that the Magi had provided (Mt. 2:11; Isa. 60:6), Joseph took Mary and the young child Jesus and departed into Egypt [end of December 2 B.C./early January 1 B.C.] until he received angelic word in another dream that King Herod ‘the Great’ had died (Mt. 2:19-20). The historical acceptance of Herod’s death on January 28, 1 B.C., fits well with the entire chronological scenario recorded by 1st-Century Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus, including the detail of Herod’s death being near a lunar eclipse [Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, XVII, p. 218]. That eclipse can be singled out from all the 32 lunar eclipses that occurred during Herod’s reign [38/37 B.C.—2/1 B.C. (20 partial and 12 total)] as the total lunar eclipse of January 10, 1 B.C. (Schebat 2 on the Hebrew calendar) [Martin, pp. 151-153].
13) While still in Egypt, Joseph receives yet another angelic appearance in a dream with the revelation that Herod and all that sought Jesus’ life were now dead. The family then returns to Israel [February 1 B.C. (?)] but, rather than settling in Judaea now ruled by Herod’s son Archelaus, the threesome of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus travel back to the city of Nazareth in Galilee (Mt. 2:20-23) where they had left [August 4 B.C.] to register in Bethlehem, the city of David, their royal forefather, in obedience to the decree of Caesar Augustus (Lk. 2:1-5) and where they returned [late October 3 B.C.] after Jesus’ Temple dedication (Lk. 2:39).
Thus, like the nation of Israel at the Exodus, God had called His Son out of Egypt (Hos. 11:1/ Mt. 2:15). Like Moses, God had raised up His Deliverer and His Prophet Who would speak His words (Deut. 18:15, 18-19). “And, as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (Jn. 3:14-17).
"I Am the Way the Truth and the Life and no one come's into the KINGDOM but by ME."
REV 1: 8..."I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.
ISAIAH 41:4...Who has preformed and done it, Calling the generations from the beginning?
"I, the Lord, am the first; And with the last I Am He."
YESHUA haMASHIACH, my MESSIAH and REDEEMER
Yeshua haMashiach, my Messiah and Redeemer
19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
"Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel--which, when translated, means, God with us"
JESUS SAID "I AM THE ONLY WAY, I AM THE ONLY TRUTH, AND I AM THE ONLY LIFE, AND NO ONE COME'S TO THE FATHER, BUT THROUGH ME." WHY DID JESUS SAY THIS...BECAUSE HE IS THE I AM...HE IS THE FATHER AND ONLY CREATOR!
See the video below the text as follows: Corporate Word from the Lord: Shirley Strand on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at New Covenant Church, Larkspur, CO
Yahwie, Elohim, Yashua, JESUS THE Anointed One...who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men's hands as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things....
(He is the image of the invisible Spirit...for by Jesus all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Jesus and for Jesus...and He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.) Colossians 1:15
And He has made from ONE BLOOD every nation of men and women to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their PREAPPOINTED times and the boundaries of their habitation. So that they should seek the Lord in the hope that they might grope for Him, find Him, and LOVE Him...though He is not far from each one of us.
FOR IN HIM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING....We are also His offspring...Therefore, since we are the offspring of the Lord Most High, JESUS, YASHUA we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like.....
GOLD OR SILVER OR STONE, something shaped by art and man's devising...DO NOT WORSHIP FALSE gods!
"By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth, For He spoke, and it was done; He commaned, and it stood fast."
Psalm 33 : 6-9
AND GOD SAID TO MOSES,
I AM WHO,
I AM, SAY TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, I AM HAS SENT ME TO YOU.
THE WORD (WHO) IN HEBREW MEANS, .....HE....JESUS SAID,.....I AM HE.......
YOU ALONE ARE THE LORD, YOU HAVE MADE HEAVEN, THE HEAVENS OF HEAVENS,
WITH ALL THEIR HOST, THE EARTH AND ALL THINGS ON IT, THE SEAS AND ALL THAT
IS IN THEM, AND YOU PRESERVE THEM ALL. THE HOST OF HEAVEN WORSHIPS YOU. NEH 9:6
NOW THIS IS HIS NAME BY WHICH HE WILL BE CALLED...............
THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
WHO......HAS PREFORMED AND DONE IT, CALLING THE GENERATIONS FROM THE BEGINNING?.......I, THE LORD, AM THE FIRST , AND WITH THE LAST I AM HE.
YOU ARE MY WITNESSES, SAYS THE LORD, AND MY SERVANT WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN. THAT YOU MAY KNOW AND BELIEVE ME, AND UNDERSTAND THAT I AM HE. BEFORE ME THERE WAS NO GOD FORMED, NOR SHALL THERE BE AFTER ME! I, EVEN I AM THE LORD, AND BESIDES ME THERE IS NO SAVIOR.
YOU SHALL KNOW THAT I, THE LORD, AM YOUR SAVIOR.
FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN, UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN. AND THE GOVERMENT WILL BE UPON HIS SHOULDER. AND HIS NAME WILL BE CALLED,......WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE!
THUS SAYS THE LORD, THE KING OF ISRAEL AND HIS REDEEMER THE LORD OF HOSTS. I AM THE FIRST AND I AM THE LAST. BESIDES ME THERE IS NO GOD. IS THERE A GOD BESIDES ME? INDEED THERE IS NO OTHER ROCK, I KNOW NOT ONE.
IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD. AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD. AND THE WORD WAS GOD. JESUS IS THE WORD COME IN THE FLESH. ALL THINGS WERE MADE THROUGH HIM, AND WITHOUT HIM (JESUS) NOTHING WAS MADE THAT WAS MADE. IN HIM WAS THE LIFE, AND THE LIFE WAS THE LIGHT OF MEN. HE WAS IN THE WORLD AND THE WORLD DID NOT KNOW HIM. HE CAME TO HIS OWN, AND HIS OWN DID NOT RECEIVE HIM. AND THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND DWELT AMONG US.
MOST ASSUREDLY I SAY TO YOU, BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS.......I AM
FOR THERE IS BORN TO YOU THIS DAY IN THE CITY OF DAVID A SAVIOR, WHO IS CHRIST THE LORD.
LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED, YOU BELIEVE IN GOD, BELIEVE ALSO IN ME. I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU, IF IT WERE NOT SO, I WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU, I WILL COME AGAIN AND RECEIVE YOU TO MYSELF, THAT WHERE I AM, THERE YOU MAY BE ALSO. AND WHERE I GO YOU KNOW, AND THE WAY YOU KNOW. THOMAS SAID TO HIM, LORD, WE DO NOT KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING, AND HOW CAN WE KNOW THE WAY? JESUS SAID TO HIM, "I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME. IF YOU HAD KNOWN ME, YOU WOULD HAVE KNOWN MY FATHER ALSO. AND FROM NOW ON YOU KNOW HIM AND HAVE SEEN HIM. PHILIP SAID TO HIM, LORD, SHOW US THE FATHER, AND IT WILL BE SUFFICIENT FOR US. JESUS SAID TO HIM, HAVE I BEEN WITH YOU SO LONG, AND YET YOU HAVE NOT KNOWN ME, PHILIP? HE WHO HAS SEEN ME HAS SEEN THE FATHER, SO HOW CAN YOU SAY, SHOW US THE FATHER? DO YOU NOT BELIEVE THAT I AM IN THE FATHER, AND THE FATHER IN ME?
AFTER JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD, THOMAS WOULD NOT BELIEVE UNTIL HE COULD AND TOUCH JESUS FOR HIMSELF. WHEN THOMAS HAD SEEN AND TOUCHED JESUS FOR HIMSELF, THOMAS STATED THIS: MY LORD AND MY GOD, AND THOMAS FELL DOWN AND WORSHIPED JESUS. AND JESUS SAID TO THOMAS. THOMAS BECAUSE YOU HAVE SEEN ME, YOU BELIEVE. BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HAVE NOT SEEN YET HAVE BELIEVED.
AT THAT DAY YOU WILL KNOW THAT I AM IN MY FATHER AND YOU IN ME AND I IN YOU. HE WHO HAS MY COMMANDMENTS AND KEEPS THEM, IT IS HE WHO LOVES ME. AND HE WHO LOVES ME WILL BE LOVED BY MY FATHER, AND I WILL LOVE HIM AND MANIFEST MYSELF TO HIM.
LET THIS MIND BE IN YOU WHICH WAS ALSO IN CHRIST (THE ANOINTED ONE) JESUS. WHO, BEING IN THE FORM OF GOD, DID NOT CONSIDER IT ROBBERY TO BE EQUAL WITH GOD, BUT MADE HIMSELF OF NO REPUTATION, TAKING THE FORM OF A SERVENT, AND COMING IN THE LIKENESS OF MEN. AND BEING FOUND IN THE APPEARANCE AS A MAN HE HUMBLED HIMSELF AND BECAME OBEDIENT TO THE POINT OF DEATH, EVEN THE CROSS. THEREFORE GOD HIMSELF HAS HIGHLY EXALTED HIM AND GIVEN HIM THE NAME THAT IS ABOVE EVERY NAME. THAT AT THE NAME OF JESUS EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, OF THOSE IN HEAVEN AND THOSE ON EARTH AND OF THOSE UNDER THE EARTH. AND THAT EVERY TONGUE WILL CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD OF ALL!
IT IS WRITTEN IN THE PROPHETS, AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT BY GOD HIMSELF.
YOU ARE FROM BENEATH, I AM FROM ABOVE, YOU ARE OF THIS WORLD, I AM NOT OF THIS WORLD.
I AM........THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE.....
GOD IS SPIRIT AND THOSE WHO WORSHIP HIM MUST WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.......I WHO SPEAK TO YOU AM HE.
I AND THE FATHER ARE....ONE....AND HE WHO SEES ME SEES HIM WHO SENT ME.
JOHN 10:30 JOHN 12:45
JESUS IS THE IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD, THE FIRST BORN OVER ALL CREATION. FOR BY HIM, ALL THINGS WERE CREATED THAT ARE IN HEAVEN AND THAT ARE ON EARTH..........VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE, WHETHER THRONES OR DOMININS OR PRINCEIPALITES OR POWERS. ALL THINGS WERE CREATED THROUGH JESUS AND FOR JESUS! AND HE IS BEFORE ALL THINGS AND IN HIM ALL THINGS.......CONSIST. AND HE IS THE HEAD OF THE BODY THE CHURCH...US WHO BELIEVE IN HIM, AND WHAT HE SAYS. HE IS THE BEGINNING THE FIRSTBORN FROM THE DEAD, THAT IN ALL THINGS JESUS HAS THE PREEMINENCE....FOR IT PLEASED THE FATHER, THAT IN JESUS ALL THE FULLNESS SHOULD DWELL!
FOR IN JESUS DWELLS....ALL....THE FULNESS OF THE GODHEAD...BODILY. AND YOU ARE COMPLETE IN HIM.... WHO.... IS THE HEAD OF ALL PRINCIPALITY AND POWER!
THE REVELATION OF .....JESUS CHRIST, GOD ALMIGHTY!
BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH CLOUDS, AND EVERY EYE WILL SEE HIM, AND THOSE WHO PIERCED HIM, AND ALL NATIONS OF THE EARTH WILL MOURN BECAUSE OF HIM....EVEN SO AMEN.
I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA, THE BEGINNING AND THE END...WHO IS...WHO WAS DEAD...AND WHO IS TO COME.................THE ALMIGHTY!
IMMEDIATELY, I JOHN WAS IN THE SPIRIT AND BEHOLD, A THRONE SET IN HEAVEN, AND...........ONE.............SAT ON THE THRONE. THE ALPHA AND OMEGA, GOD ALONE!
BEHOLD.......I AM COMING QUICKLY AND MY REWORD IS WITH ME. I AM THE ALPHA AND OMEGA.
ALL THINGS HAVE BEEN DELIVERED TO ME BY MY FATHER, AND NO ONE KNOWS WHO....THE SON IS, BUT THE FATHER, AND WHO.....THE FATHER IS BUT THE SON, AND THE ONE WHOM THE SON WILLS TO REVEAL.....HIM!
SO, NOW YOU CAN SEE THAT .....JESUS IS GOD AND GOD IS JESUS!
THE ALMIGHTY, THE EVERLASTING FATHER, GOD ALONE, THE ONE GOD...SITTING ON THE THRONE IN HEAVEN!
WE ARE LOOKING FOR THE BLESSED HOPE AND THE GLORIOUS APPEARING OF OUR GREAT GOD AND SAVIOR..........JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD!
ASK JESUS TO COME INTO YOUR HEART. HE IS GOD AND HE CREATED YOU, AND HE LOVES YOU.............ALWAYS AND FOREVER!
YOU ARE THE MOST HIGH GOD
THE GOD OF GODS THE LORD OF LORDS THE KING OF KINGS
THE ONE TRUE GOD THERE IS NONE BESIDE YOU
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The account of origins presented in Genesis is a simple but factual presentation of actual events and therefore provides a reliable framework for scientific research into the question of the origin and history of life, mankind, the Earth and the universe.
The various original life forms (kinds), including mankind, were made by direct creative acts of God. The living descendants of any of the original kinds (apart from man) may represent more than one species today, reflecting the genetic potential within the original kind. Only limited biological changes (including mutational deterioration) have occurred naturally within each kind since Creation.
The great Flood of Genesis was an actual historic event, worldwide (global) in its extent and effect.
The special creation of Adam (the first man) and Eve (the first woman), and their subsequent fall into sin, is the basis for the necessity of salvation for mankind.
Death (both physical and spiritual) and bloodshed entered into this world subsequent to, and as a direct consequence of, man’s sin.